Lost… but …Found

Dedicated to all of us, for we all suffer the pain of loss and our internal stories of regret.

First birthday.

A time of joy and cake

A time of presents
   more for the adults
      than the children
         who are entranced by boxes, crinkly paper, balloons, ribbons and sounds

A time to remember and celebrate
   From the first smiles to out loud giggles
   From rolling and crawling to the first faltering steps to running at breakneck speeds

But then time slips by...
   And the past becomes a shadow

Hugs that are but memories
   Snuggles that are missed
      Laughter and wonder that have faded

Photographs, videos, doodles, drawings, writings and cards are our time capsules
   Snippets of moments
      some beautiful, some enchanting, some upsetting
   Providing ways to observe the changes
      and take note of who this person is becoming
   Messages from tiny scratchings on various media to live video and artwork drawn with care
      giving us a clue into the heart, mind and soul of others

And a memory, song, place, smell, and story can catapult us back...
   to where we can experience and re-live how we felt
      the joys we felt
         the smiles we shared
            the hearts that were joined in an unending symphony of gratitude

Here's to dreams -- fulfilled and unfulfilled
   to joy and wonder -- experienced and shared

And as we remember our grief amid the whirlwind of loss


   may friends surround us
      keep us
         hear and listen to us

So that they too may know who once walked this world
   who once discovered a smile in the simplest of things
      who once shared a secret or message shining light into even the darkest crags

And with that... help ease the loss
   Quell the regrets
      And focus on the blessings and lessons imparted by their presence in our life

A “Mother’s Day” Manifesto

Although it can be applied to anyone who has experienced a personal loss, this article helps those who have lost a child express themselves and aids others in understanding their loss. Whether mother, father, son, daughter, family or friend, grief strikes us where we are most vulnerable.

Please read with care…and understanding. Give a hug to those who are close and to those who have lost…

Mother’s Day Manifesto For Grieving Mothers by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

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